Shortly after the Philadelphia Fusion released former head coach Yan “Kirby” Luu, the Shanghai Dragons have also made multiple changes to their coaching staff. The Overwatch League franchise previously revealed they had released Head Coach Wi “BlueHaS” Seong-hwan and Assistant Coach Jeong “Levi” Chung-Hyeok. One day later, the organization has brought on Byung-chul “Moon” Moon.
Please welcome Byung-chul “Moon” Moon to the Shanghai Dragons family. Formerly of our academy team Team CC, Coach Moon will be joining us as head coach going into Season 3 of the Overwatch League. #ShanghaiDragons #Breakthrough pic.twitter.com/kd4I28BK4K
— Shanghai Dragons (@ShanghaiDragons) September 24, 2019
Byung-chul “Moon” Moon
Moon is most well known for his previous coaching role with the Los Angeles Valiant. However, he was released in March of 2019, just a few weeks after Season 2 of the Overwatch League had begun. Many attributed this coaching staff change to some of Moon’s strategies, such as using the main tank in a support role. The Los Angeles Valiant also lost every single one of their games in Stage 1 of the regular season.
The Shanghai Dragons announced that BlueHaS and Levi would be departing the organization. BlueHaS started coaching in 2016 for Chinese team wNv Teamwork. Levi started his competitive career in 2016, as a player on UW Quix instead. He later competed under Rhinos Gaming Titan before moving to a coaching role on Contenders team Element Mystic.
Today we are announcing the departure of head coach BlueHaS and assistant coach Levi. We will always be grateful to them for being instrumental in our breakthrough this season, and wish them the best in the future. pic.twitter.com/NiOnB3Ny95
— Shanghai Dragons (@ShanghaiDragons) September 23, 2019
The NetEase-owned Overwatch League franchise performed significantly better in Season 2 than in the first season. The Dragons previously set a record for losing every game, ending with 0 wins and 40 losses. However, the Shanghai Dragons rebounded and finished the regular season with 13 wins and 15 losses. They defeated the Philadelphia Fusion in the playoffs but later lost to the London Spitfire. The team then ended its playoffs run tied with the Guangzhou Charge in 9 – 10th.
Moon later joined Team CC, which is the Shanghai Dragons’ academy team in the Overwatch Contenders league. Team CC previously ended Season 1 in 5 – 8th but proceeded to a 2nd place finish in Season 2 with Moon taking the reins. Only time will tell if the Dragons can establish themselves in the 2020 Overwatch League season.